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Photo by nkgray
Zogota, near N’Zérékoré, SE Guinea, January 2010
Aquila africana

Spizaetus africanus


  • White underparts
  • Black patches on side of breast
  • Black axillaries and underwing-coverts
  • Black upperparts
  • Tail banded dark and light brown
  • Pale yellow cere and feet


Humid forests of west and central sub-Saharan Africa: found from Togo east to Uganda and northern Tanzania, also recorded in Liberia and the Ivory Coast.


This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly placed in genus Spizaetus


Dense forest, dense canopy.



  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Bioone Online Journals

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